CINCINNATI -- The D-backs announced Wednesday that they have optioned starter Trevor Bauer to Triple-A Reno and recalled right-handed reliever Jonathan Albaladejo from Reno.
Bauer pitched three innings against the Reds on Tuesday in his shortest outing in the Majors, allowing four runs (three earned) on one hit while walking five.
"I'm fine with it," Bauer said. "It's about winning up here and I wasn't giving the team a very good chance to win. I'll go down and work on being able to throw strikes."
After being taken third overall in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and flying through the Minors, the 21-year-old rookie went 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA in four starts with the D-backs this season.
"I think it speaks for itself," said D-backs manager Kirk Gibson. "He's got a bunch of ability, he's got great stuff but was not consistent enough with it. He needs seasoning. It'll be good for him in the end. It's part of the process."
Albaladejo has made two appearances with the D-backs this season, posting a 9.00 ERA.
He is 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 35 appearances with the Aces this season and ranks second in the Pacific Coast League with 17 saves.
Gibson said right-handed reliever Josh Collmenter will likely be Bauer's replacement in the starting rotation.
Mark Clements is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.